Auto Mechanic II

Augusta, Maine, United States | Operations & Maintenance | Full-time

Apply by: March 31, 2023

Department of  Defense, Veterans' & Emergency Management 

Opening Date: March 17, 2023

Closing Date:  March 31, 2023

Job Class Code: 8303
Grade: 16 (Operations/Maintenance)
Salary: $33,446 - $44,158
Location: Camp Keyes, Augusta, ME

Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding career? This may be just what you are looking for! As a field service mechanic or in a one-man garage, this is structure and craft work in the upkeep and repair of automotive and/or environmental construction and clean-up equipment. In a small garage, the focus is primarily on fixing automotive and/or environmental equipment rather than supervising workers, as is the case with the Automotive Mechanic Supervisor classification. Work duties include acting as the lead worker (mechanic-in-charge). Work is performed under limited supervision.

Primary responsibilities include:  

  • Services, overhauls, and repairs a variety of automotive/construction vehicles and environmental clean-up equipment as a lead worker, field service mechanic, or in a one-person garage in order to maintain vehicles and equipment in a safe, operable condition and maximize availability.
  • Adjusts and installs accessories on automotive, environmental clean-up and construction equipment in order to maintain equipment in proper operating condition.
  • Performs oxyacetylene and electric welding in order to repair equipment.
  • Repairs and performs basic body work on automotive and construction equipment to include cutting, sanding, patching, painting, and applying body putty to corroded areas in order to preserve and prolong vehicles and equipment life.
  • Repairs and adjusts lights, carburetors, generators, and ignition systems in order to ensure safe and proper operation of automotive and construction equipment.
  • Organizes, requisitions, and maintains supplies and equipment in order to ensure adequate inventory.
  • Grinds valves, sets tappets, replaces or repairs connecting rod bearings, inspects and repairs transmissions and differentials, relines and adjusts brakes, balances wheels, and aligns front ends in order to ensure vehicle safety and operability.
  • Repairs pumps, skimmers, and related environmental clean-up equipment in order to ensure readiness of equipment for rapid reponse.
  • Writes repair orders for each vehicle serviced, listing all parts, labor, description of work done, and vehicle information in order to establish and document vehicle and equipment history.
  • Diagnoses causes of equipment failure and malfunctioning in order to determine necessary repairs.

Skills or knowledge required:

  • Knowledge of gasoline and diesel engine operation and repair.
  • Knowledge of hydraulic and air brake system operation and repair.
  • Knowledge of hydraulic pumps, motors, and skimmer system operation and repair.
  • Knowledge of steering and suspension system parts, maintenance, and repair.
  • Knowledge of the methods, materials, and tools of the automotive mechanic trade.
  • Knowledge of environmental clean-up equipment.
  • Knowledge of basic body repair.
  • Knowledge of state inspection laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions of the mechanics trade.
  • Knowledge of vehicle and environmental equipment preventive maintenance procedures and schedules.
  • Knowledge of basic cutting and welding techniques.
  • Ability to troubleshoot mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic failures in vehicles and environmental equipment.
  • Ability to repair a variety of mechanical equipment.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to operate heavy equipment.
  • Ability to work independently in the repair and maintenance of automotive, environmental and construction equipment.

Minimum qualifications:

Four (4) years experience and/or education in the maintenance and repair of automotive, environmental and/or construction equipment.

Contact information:

Questions about this position should be directed to Bill Van Wickler at 430-6337 or

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants need to apply online by selecting the "Apply for this opening" button along with uploading a cover letter, current resume, and copies of any transcripts or certifications you wish to have considered while evaluating your application.  In order for us to properly determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for any posting, you must be sure your resume includes month and year for any experience listed along with the duties and responsibilities associated with each particular time period.  Any experience that was not full-time employment should be identified as such. 

If you require a paper application, please download and print one here or contact our office at 207-623-6700.  Paper applications for this posting should be submitted along with cover letter and resume before the closing date to Security & Employment Service Center, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta, ME  04330 or faxed to 207-287-2018.  Be sure title of the job you are applying for is included.  Applications cannot be accepted after the posting closing date.  

Benefits of working for the State of Maine:

No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including: 

  • Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave. 
  • Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($10,150.80-$11,942.16 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.  
  • Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements. 
  • Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value). 
  • Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes  13.16% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.  
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense. 
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses. 
  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office. 
  • Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program. 
  • Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act 
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation – Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions. 
  • Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness. 

There's a job and then there's purposeful, transformative work. Our aim is to create a workplace where you can learn, grow, and continuously refine your skills. Applicants demonstrate job requirements in differing ways, and we appreciate that many skills and backgrounds can make people successful in this role. As an Equal Opportunity employer, Maine State Government embraces a culture of respect and awareness. We are committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all team members, and our process ensures an inclusive environment to applicants of all backgrounds including diverse race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, familial status or genetics. If you’re looking for a great next step, and want to feel good about what you do, we’d love to hear from you. Please note reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.


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